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Raleigh Drones Could Soon Change Agriculture Industry

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Published on : Oct 08, 2014

The face of the agriculture industry in North Carolina could change soon with drones developed by Raleigh Company. The company’s UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) is rapidly changing the entire process of how data is collected through aerial ways. 

The drone has a wing span of 4 feet and weighs about 3 pounds. The UAV is a high-tech, flying computer that has an on-board visual sensor capable of snapping aerial imagery. It can also depict images in hundreds of bands in areas not clearly visible to human eye. 

This drone could mean big savings for farmers in the agriculture industry. It could help farmers find specific areas on a farm where the soil is extremely wet or dry, or even affected with fungus. It could also tell the farmer how much nitrogen is present in a crop.
Tyler Collins, Business development director at PrecisionHawk has gathered all the images and information from different sensors and is wisely making use of that data to analyze and act. He also said how the information can be used further by seed companies to build a scalable solution based on the various data they have been collecting. 

At present, FAA does not permit the use of UAVs and drones in the agriculture purpose or as a matter of fact for any commercial use. Therefore, PrecisionHawk has partnered with North Carolina State University to implement these drones for university research needs. Collins added that different science departments can actually utilize these drones to gather the data and use the same to figure out end applications. In this manner, the company also stays out of all legal troubles while extending benefits to PrecisionHawk and N.C. State. The company has legally informed FAA about its research activities about collecting the data. 

Collins said the use of UAVs goes beyond the agriculture purposes and these devices can also be used as planes in certain emergency situations. He added that the company helped follow the Oso mudslide that took place in Washington in March. 

Recently, PrecisionHawk has closed a $10 million investment round with the founder of Red Hat, Bob Young. Young has strong belief in this technology as it helps farmers gather the data that cannot be collected on their own.

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